Irish sign language photography exhibition to open at Galway City Museum

Where would you be likely to find TV3 Ireland AM presenter Sinead Desmond, footballer Robbie Keane, novelist Roddy Doyle, cook Rachel Allen, UTV and Sky TV presenter Eamonn Holmes, and musician Andrea Corr in one room? A stunning photography exhibition featuring all these celebrities and many more will be showing in Galway at the city museum.

The exhibition is a free event open to the public in Galway City Museum from Tuesday November 4, to Saturday November 18. Signs of life is organised by the Irish Deaf society and is the first Irish Sign Language (ISL ) celebrity photography exhibition.

These photos, snapped by a deaf photographer Johnny Corcoran, provide a glimpse of the beauty of ISL through the eyes of 26 celebrities, each signing the letter of the ISL alphabet. The aim of the exhibition is to encourage public awareness and appreciation of one of only two unique lrish languages. ISL is the native language of the Irish deaf community and is used every day by more than 40,000 people.

The exhibition will also feature short ISL 'tasters' provided by Galway Deaf Centre volunteers throughout the two weeks.

Commenting on the exhibition, TV presenter Eamonn Holmes said: “ISL is a beautiful language. It's unique to Ireland and I hope the exhibition will encourage people to be aware of it and take pride in it.”

The opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. For further information log on to


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